Sandalwood is highly precious oil that made its mark on history. The variety with the longest-spanning history is Indian sandalwood, or Santalum album, which for centuries was sacred in healing practices, incense burning, and important religious rituals. Dubbed “Old Mountain” by the Chinese, who valued the tree greatly, the Indian government became so concerned with Santalum album’s survival that they declared it ‘royal’ and made every tree official government property. Although this helped regulate care and harvesting the population of Indian sandalwood is severely threatened.
While Indian sandalwood populations were dwindling, the discovery of Australia’s population of a closely related tree (Santalum spicatum) was most directly driven by the need to balance trade exchanges with the Chinese. For some time in the early trade era China’s exports far outweighed their imports, with over 72 million pounds of Chinese teas and merchandise arriving in England alone between 1811-1819. Australia’s discovery of a new population of the hotly demanded resource led buyers to dub the variety “New Mountain”. Since then Santalum spicatum has found its way into the same holistic health and religious communities that raised demand for its cousin.
Australian sandalwood oil has a famously sweet, warm, and rich aroma that can enrich and beautify the skin through the reduction of acne and other skin blemishes. It may reduce inflammation from insect bites or other skin irritations and was long burned or used in chips as mosquito repellent. The only sustainable source of sandalwood, western Australia-sourced oil is an extremely precious commodity that can be treasured both now and generations from now. Dedicated users highlight meditative benefits as well as sandalwood’s ability to increase inner peace, spiritual awareness, and alignment with a higher purpose.
Organic sandalwood essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is a treasured addition the any aromatherapy collection. You will absolutely love the rich woodsy scent and meditative properties of this oil.
- Common Name: Sandalwood
- Botanical Name: Santalum spicatum
- Country of Origin: Australia
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Wood
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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